Thriller goes down to the wire for UMS

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

United Mata­mata Sports Reid and Har­ri­son/ Waikato Stud 23 Te Awa­mutu Sports 27

Round 14 of the Waikato Pre­mier Rugby saw UMS host Te Awa­mutu Sports at Bed­ford Park.

The ground was in good con­di­tion af­ter all the rain and cer­tainly al­lowed free flow­ing rugby in front of a great crowd, who were shown a per­for­mance by UMS that warmed the hearts of the sup­port­ers.

In try­ing to move out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone, Te Awa­mutu needed the full five points. How­ever, they just scrapped home with the win thanks to ac­cu­rate goal kick­ing.

With UMS com­ing off sev­eral weeks of con­sen­tient play, hopes were high that UMS would achieve their first win.

Although this didn’t hap­pen, par­al­lels need to be made around this time last year with UMS and the progress they have made.

If they keep this form up that win, but more im­por­tantly the sta­tus of stay­ing in the pre­mier di­vi­sion, will be achieved.

As they have in the pre­vi­ous weeks, UMS be­gan the best and strung to­gether some great phases.

Af­ter the open­ing charges UMS gave away a penalty and Te Awa­mutu ob­vi­ously look­ing for the win took the points for an early three point lead.

UMS were then guilty of giv­ing away too many silly penal­ties at the rucks and mauls.

This al­lowed Te Awa­mutu too much pos­ses­sion and they scored in the 16th minute to take the game 10-0.

UMS gained some con­trol and took heed of the of­fi­cial’s rul­ings, be­gin­ning some struc­tured and ac­cu­rate play. A penalty en­sued, which Ryan Tuhakaraina neatly slot­ted.

UMS be­gan to play with more con­fi­dence how­ever this was there un­do­ing, with fi­nal passes go­ing astray.

This al­lowed Te Awa­mutu turn over plays, where they scored two fur­ther tries to take the half to 3-24.

Con­fi­dence and trust­ing UMS’ abil­i­ties to come back into the match were the main talk­ing points of half time for coaches Simp­kin and Hughes, along with con­trol of the ball.

Again as in the past weeks, UMS dom­i­nated the sec­ond half. Te Awa­mutu be­gan to crum­ble un­der the pres­sure of the UMS pack lead by cap­tain Alex Bradley, Vakacegu and Robin­son.

On the 54th minute mark UMS strung to­gether some great play with first five Emery lead­ing the way.

This al­lowed mid­field play­ers McIn­tyre and Vaimoso some great front foot ball.

They even­tu­ally wore down their op­po­nents, mak­ing holes which al­lowed the out­sides of Arnold and Dar­roch space.

This re­sulted in a cer­tain try but the Te Awa­mutu winger knocked the ball down and was yel­lowed carded for his ef­forts.

There was some thought into whether a penalty try should be awarded.

UMS then opted for the scrum and af­ter sev­eral for­ays Bradley scored to take the game to 8-24.

From the kick­off Te Awa­mutu were put un­der pres­sure and from the scrum in the UMS half, the home side dom­i­nated the scrum. UMS then made their way down the field to al­low feisty and rum­bling hooker Robin­son over for a try on the 64th minute mark to take the score to 13-24.

UMS re­ceived a penalty af­ter Dar­roch was taken out, caus­ing in­jury, how­ever from a great li­ne­out drive out­stand­ing lock Michael Peters drove over for his first try of the sea­son, tak­ing the 18- 24 with 10 re­main­ing.

From the kick off UMS were a lit­tle sloppy which al­lowed Te Awa­mutu some much needed pos­ses­sion and then a suc­cess­ful penalty, tak­ing the score to 18-27.

As with the pre­vi­ous week, Bradley didn’t want to come away with noth­ing from a game which UMS dom­i­nated. The UMS team then changed up a gear and took it straight back to Te Awa­mutu.

The fi­nal few min­utes saw Te Awa­mutu just hang­ing on. This time UMS held their com­po­sure and out­stand­ing mid­field back McIn­tyre capped off an­other won­der­ful game with a try to give UMS two points, tak­ing the score to 23-27.

Play­ers in the for­wards to shine were flanker Cawker, who gets bet­ter and bet­ter each game he plays in the 7 jer­sey.

In the backs Tuhakaraina’s pass­ing to his out­sides and quick dart­ing runs cer­tainly al­lowed go for­ward ball for his backs.

Next week UMS travel away to Hamil­ton Old Boys.

Tries: A Bradley, S Robin­son, M Peters and J McIn­tyre; Penal­ties: R Tuhakaraina.

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